100 Days of Code: Day 14

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The second week of my 100 Days of Code challenge is over in just a few short hours! Although it is hard to believe these last few weeks have passed so quickly, it is even more exciting to know how far I have already come.

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1526680382655{margin-top: 15px !important;margin-bottom: 60px !important;padding-right: 10% !important;padding-left: 10% !important;}”][vc_column][vc_progress_bar values=”%5B%7B%22label%22%3A%22Progress%22%2C%22value%22%3A%2214%22%2C%22color%22%3A%22blue%22%7D%5D” title=”100 Days of Code, Round 1″ percentage_value=”27″ title_color=”#3e3e3e” bar_color=”#1b7da9″ track_height=”20px” track_color=”#e7f6fc” m=”20″ extra_class=”” units=”%”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Goals For Today:” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][ultimate_icon_list icon_size=”16″ icon_margin=”20″][ultimate_icon_list_item icon_type=”custom” icon_img=”id^4091|url^https://www.blissfullemon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/done.png|caption^null|alt^null|title^done|description^null”]Sections 1-4 of Programming Foundations: Fundamentals course (Lynda)[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon_type=”custom” icon_img=”id^4093|url^https://www.blissfullemon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/incomplete.png|caption^null|alt^null|title^incomplete|description^null”]JavaScript30 Drum Kit[/ultimate_icon_list_item][ultimate_icon_list_item icon_type=”custom” icon_img=”id^4093|url^https://www.blissfullemon.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/incomplete.png|caption^null|alt^null|title^incomplete|description^null”]Start one of the easy projects from r/dailyprogrammer (Reddit)[/ultimate_icon_list_item][/ultimate_icon_list][vc_custom_heading text=”The Good:” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]I finished the first 4 sections of Programming Foundations: Fundamentals. While I didn’t exactly learn anything new, it did help to reinforce some of the things that I have learned in the past and even explained a few concepts better. The course instructor, Simon Allardice, even did an amazing job explaining why it is a good idea to use the strict equality operator in JavaScript and many of the similarities and differences between programming languages, markups, and scripts. I think it’s an extremely valuable use of my time to continue watching and learning with this course.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”The Bad:” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text].I’ve given up on two things already this week. But it’s not because I am lazy or don’t want to push myself; I’m just not sure that they are the best for me right now.

r/dailyprogrammer

First, I tried going through the easy projects on the dailyprogrammer subreddit to find one that matched up with where I think I am at currently. This led to thirty minutes of frustration as I couldn’t seem to find much that I thought I might be able to do — and these are the EASY projects. To be honest, I just didn’t understand half of them. It’s hard to do something when you don’t even understand the brief.

I felt a little better about not understanding when I read some of the comments in the challenge from January 8, 2018 : Challenge #346 [Easy] Cryptarithmetic Solver. The first comment was from TheSlickMachine and he seems to feel the same way I was feeling.

Are there any of you guys working in software development that look at some of these labelled [Easy] and have no ******* clue how to even begin working on the solutions?

I’ve probably looked at 50 of these and tried half of them and figured out a solution for one.

And his sentiments were echoed again and again, with people replying that they too had thought about giving up.

So, that’s what I have decided to do for now. In truth, I like the complexity of the problems or at least the ones that I could actually understand. I will definitely be coming back later, but maybe not in round one of my 100 days of code.

JavaScript30

After admitting defeat, I tried starting on the JavaScript30 course again since I didn’t give it much of a chance before. Yeah… I gave up after 20 minutes.

I don’t wish to say anything bad about the guy teaching the course, but I will say that his style of teaching is not exactly compatible with my style of learning. I don’t need everything spelled out as I am a relatively quick learner. But I do prefer some explanation about what is going on.

Perhaps the course just isn’t for me? If I want to attempt the projects later on (without trying to follow along with the videos), I may do that. Otherwise, I am just going to call it quits on the course altogether.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Notes/Comments:” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]I am doing things a little bit differently today and posting this update in the middle of my coding exercise. I haven’t quite decided what I am going to do next and wanted to address my “failures” now while they are still fresh on my mind.

With that said, tomorrow I will provide more of an update on anything else that I am able to accomplish today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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